Sunday sight: Beaver ponds

Sunday sight: Beaver ponds
We were recently out at Long Lake Provincial Park (just over an hour NE of Edmonton on the way to Fort McMurray, Alberta). While I’d camped at nearby Skeleton & Amisk Lakes many times, I’d never stayed at this park. They have beautiful hiking & biking trails, including one that runs right beside ponds home ...

Sunday sight: Malcolm X Park

Sunday sight: Malcolm X Park
On my last day in Washington, DC a few weeks ago, the Adams Morgan Heritage Trail was one of the last things I took in. One of the most stunning sights was Meridian Hill / Malcolm X Park near our hotel, with its beautiful cascading falls. Beautiful cascade @NatlParkService‘s Meridian Hill / Malcolm X Park. ...

Sunday sight: Catching the spirit

Sunday sight: Catching the spirit
Originally created for Expo ’86 in Vancouver, Barrie, Ontario’s Spirit Catcher was the start of artistic instillations all around the city’s lakefront. See more Saturday & Sunday sights. 

Sunday sight: Seals’ debt problems

Sunday sight: Seals' debt problems
A visit to Washington, DC wouldn’t be complete (for anyone interested in news) without popping into the Newseum. Probably the most up-to-date museum you’ll ever visit (Comey’s firing & covfefe are already integrated), it also has some notable artifacts, like a section of the Berlin Wall. A trip to @Newseum highly recommended for #IABC17 delegates. Highlight: ...

Sunday sight: Funky bee hives

Sunday sight: Funky bee hives
My soft spot for apiculture was obvious last weekend for the 2nd annual Randee’s Bees bee box painting at Headwaters Farm. A stunning spot with the warmest of hosts who also baked pizza for the guests who came hungry. The day was really about the bee hives though, that became works of art as families of ...

Sunday sight: Todmorden Mills’ Oxbow Trail

Sunday sight: Todmorden Mills' Oxbow Trail
While, I’ve visited Toronto’s Todmorden Mills in the Don Valley many times in the past 4 years, it’s only recently that I’ve found a new unmarked trail to get down there a few minutes from my place (between 980 Broadview Avenue & 1000 Broadview Avenue). And the 1/2 km Oxbow Trail on the grounds also has a ...

How to find a conversation starter

How to find a conversation starter
When she said “it was all very confusing and frustrating,” it was like a woman in the audience at the University of Toronto Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work event Alumni Distinguished Speakers Series on the Truth, Reconciliation in view of Canada’s 150th birthday was taking the words right out of my mouth. She was speaking ...

You are a white girl

You are a white girl
“You are a white girl.”‘It’s a line I’ve been hearing a lot in the last few years. And for some, born and raised in North American compared to other parts of the world are different (i.e. they aren’t considered white, like me I guess). I don’t understand. Uncomfortable words.  And then there’s this video that ...

Cheers to vulnerability & changing my mind

Cheers to vulnerability & changing my mind
This year has been one of the most challenging and fun that I’ve had in about 10 years – both personally and professionally. It started on new year’s day and it’s still unfolding. Of course, at Thanksgiving we all give thanks for those we love. Life’s not worth living without them and I keep all those ...

Saturday sight: Armenian quarter

Saturday sight: Armenian quarter
This was a Saturday night in Israel earlier this year. We were having dinner in a restaurant within the Armenian quarter in Jerusalem. (The quarters are Muslim, Jewish, Christian & Armenian – the peoples first to adopt Christianity.)  While unsettling at first, you do become desensitized to the rifles because they’re everywhere. And ironically we ...